I just had a thought that I wanted to get down before I forgot. The shortest distance between to objects is a straight line right. So if somebody is chasing you, you would want to zigzag because it expands the distance between you and your chaser. Well Jesus said the path to heaven is straight and narrow. The road being straight means if we stay on it, we will be closer to Him daily. So we need to stay on the straight path in order to be the closest to Him. Let us not zigzag, let us always walk the straight path closing the gap daily until one day the gap between you and Jesus will be completely closed and you will be home.
Nehemiah 8:9,10, ” And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and all the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. ” I can only assume that the reason these people were weeping is because they were so thirsty and hungry for a relationship with God and when the law was read they were overcome with sorrow because of their short comings. Perhaps some were under conviction, while others were relieved to hear from their God. Verse 10 says, ” Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; FOR THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH.” I love this because it shows people who were of a repented heart and they were hungry for the Lord. It also shows the character of our Lord. He wanted them to weep no more, eat and give to those who had nothing prepared. He wanted them to know that the joy of Him is our strength. When we worship Him and delight in Him, that is our strength. He doesn’t put a burden upon us to bear, He gives us joy in Him to be our strength. Something else that sticks out to me is how they were instructed to bring food unto those who had nothing prepared. That is what we are supposed to do too. When we have the joy of the Lord, we are to take and spread that joy so that others may be full and see Christ in us and then they can have the joy of the Lord as their strength. We are not to hide our salvation or be conformed of this world. We are to go unto all nations preaching about how wonderful He is. You may say, ” how can I do that?” The joy of the Lord will be your strength. These are not empty words. It was written in the Bible for a reason, it is a promise. It doesn’t say He might be our strength, it say He is our strength. Let’s be like the Jews, in that we read His words, moved with the anointing and conviction, move out of the current place we are stuck in Spiritually, and then weep no more, accepting His forgiveness, and then go out and spread the good news that the joy of the Lord is our strength. And smile? because He has given you joy and beauty for ashes. Smile because He loves you. Weep no more!
I had a friend text me with a prayer request that she referred to as “not being as important as others.” I started to respond to tell her that I will pray and the Holy Spirit revealed to me while I was texting her back that there is no request too small nor is there one too big! I started to feel that in my Spirit while I was texting her and I knew the prayer had reached heaven. I just want to thank God that He is forever teaching me things. When I think to go left He is forever showing me a different direction!! So high above our ways are His ways and His thinking above our thinking! I don’t know about you but that touches me in my heart!! Praise Him and thank Him that there is nothing too small and there is nothing too big! He cares about every detail in your life and your children’s lives. Thank you and God bless!
I know I have been writing quite a bit out of Nehemiah but when I am reading it,so many things pop out to me. So I am going to continue out of that book again today. In chapter 6 the enemies of Nehemiah and the Jews were still trying to scare them from finishing the wall. They had tried to get Nehemiah to meet with them. But each time he would say that he was too busy and he could not stop his work to meet them, and when I say them I am talking about San-bal-lat, To-bi-ah, and Geshem. These men were full of lies and tried their best to scare the Jews. How many knows that the devil loves to use fear tactics. Jesus died for us to save us and give us abundant life and peace and Satan cannot stand it. (I’m digressing a bit.) In verse 9, Nehemiah says that he was afraid but he did not let that cripple him, he knew what to do. He prayed for God to give his hands strength to finish the work. Sometimes, quite often actually, we must pray for God to give us the strength to continue in our work for him and our daily lives. It’s okay to get scared and wonder what the the next day will hold, but we should always know what to do with those fears, take them to Jesus and ask Him for the strength that we need to finish our work. In verse 10, Nehemiah went to a house of someone who he thought he could trust, “Afterward I came unto the house of Shem-ai-ah the son of Del-ai-ah the son of Me-het-a-beel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.” Now it sounds like this guy is wanting to help. He knew that Nehemiah felt comfort in the temple. He knew that the will of God was where Nehemiah’s heart was and because of that he was hoping Nehemiah would be gullible and obey. He thought that just because he used the house of God, that Nehemiah would just follow blindly. But…. Nehemiah in verse 11 said, ” And lo, I perceived that God had not sent him;” The lesson here is that sometimes people will tell you that God said this, or God said to do that, when in fact it may be to their own benefit to tell you those things. If Nehemiah had went, he would have been killed, plain and simple. Two things were going for Nehemiah, number 1, he was not scared enough to run, and number 2, he trusted in the God of Israel. Because Nehemiah was close to God, and because he trusted God no matter what the circumstances, and because he listened to God, he did not go and the wall was finished in 52 days. (How many contractors get their work done so fast.) If someone tells you to do something or if they tell you God said this, you need to listen to the Holy Spirit inside of you. If He gently tugs you and you get that feeling that this may not be right, then do not go along with it. I do not care who is telling you. You must be bold and not scared. You must trust God enough to know that He will lead you and guide you. If someone tells you something and they want you to try this or buy this, tell them you have to pray about it. God will tell you what to do, you just have to be still enough to listen.
My prayer for you all is that you will walk boldly following Christ and that you know He has your best interest in mind. I pray that you will not be fooled by those who try to cause you to stumble. I pray that if you have fears, you will give them to Jesus and pray for Him to strengthen your hands to finish your work. You can make it.
In Nehemiah 5 the Jews are crying about how they have had to borrow from their brethren. They had to mortgage their property to to buy food. They had to borrow money for the king’s tribute. Their burden was very heavy. Nehemiah heard of this and this is what he said starting in verse 6, ” And I was very angry when I heard their cries and these words. (7) Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.” Now I know what you are thinking, how is this relevant for today. Well I’m gonna tell you my take on this. The Jews had made life hard on their brethren. They had made their burden almost impossible to bear. I’m sure their were some who had no problem fulfilling these requirements but for the most part this was very grievous to them. The Jews were not making life hard on their enemies, they were making life hard on their brethren. Now we as Christians know that other Christians are our brethren. What does Christ tell us about our brothers and sisters, we should love them as we love ourselves right, we should prefer them above ourselves. I think that sometimes we can forget that our church family is indeed our family. Instead we treat them like they are complete strangers. We forget that we should love them and show them kindness. We forget that we should be praying for them and lifting them up in prayer. Instead we place unattainable standards and if they do not meet these standards then, oh well, they must not be good Christians. Often we judge people from the book of “US” and not the BIBLE. It is true that we should be aware if someone is not living right and their is a standard whereby we can judge and it’s not our standard. If someone falls short of God’s standard, what should we do? Should we spread the word that they have failed and failed and failed, or should we pray for them. Let us be like Nehemiah and realize that these people, these brethren are struggling to make it. Let us lift our brethren up and help lift their burdens. Let us show a kind heart and willing hands. We are all in this together. We are all family. They are our brethren.
I pray today that God will strengthen all my brothers and sisters all over the world. I pray that they will have the strength and patience to endure all things and know that somebody is praying for them. I pray that they will know, that no matter what has happened they can continue in a victorious life in Christ.
Nehemiah 4:6 ” So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.” I just love that part of the verse, the people had a mind to work. That is so important because we fight daily battles in our minds. If you don’t think so pay attention throughout your day and see how many crossroads you come to each day. Some days the battles we face will be so much more intense than others but one thing remains the same, we must have a mind to work. The Jews had a vision, they had the desire that started in their hearts to rebuild the wall and they had the determination in their minds to do the work. Like I said battles are fought in our minds. Satan knows that if he can attack you there, then he can get your mind off of what really matters and then wallah, you no longer have the mind to work but you have your mind on the circumstances. The doubts that come in and flood your mind can be quite overwhelming. Peter, when he attempted to walk on water at first had the mind to walk on the water but then what happened, he got his mind on the circumstances and then he began to doubt and have fears and then he lost his faith. But, kudos to him for even trying. Paul said in the Bible that men aught never to worry but always to pray. He knew that battles were fought and won in our minds. Try not to let the worries of life overtake you and take your minds off of your work. We are here to serve the Lord and the devil will do all he can to stop that. He will use not only your troubles but he will also use worldly possessions too. The desire to have more and more in life takes our “minds to work for Him” and turns it to “minds to work for us.” So here’s the key to success, keep your mind made up that you are gonna serve the Lord with gladness, and that you are gonna have a mind to work for Him. Nothing pleases Him more than when our hearts and minds are determined to follow and work for Him.
Today is Valentine’s Day and just wanted to say that even if you do not have a “Valentine,” Jesus loves you more than you could ever conceive. The greatest expression of love was done when Jesus died on the cross for you. So don’t ever feel that no one cares, because He cares more than you could ever understand.
Hebrews 2:15,16, ” And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (16) For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham.” I think most people are frightened of the idea of death. In verse 15 I see two references of death. Before Jesus died for us, fear of death would have probably been more abundant. Here in verse 15 it is referred to as bondage that we had our whole lifetime and what did Jesus do when He died? He gave us the power to break out of our bondage! We no longer need to be scared of the unknown. We no longer have to wonder what will happen once we close our eyes for the last time. Because He took on the body of a man, when He defeated death that means we will defeat it too. No longer must we be in bondage of fear. Another part of this verse is that us being human were all subject to die. We were all doomed to die. As you may notice I say “were”. Why you may ask, because I am talking about Spiritual death. This is the other bondage that so gravely had it’s grip on us. This is the ultimate bondage and through Jesus Christ, that bondage is broken. We no longer are doomed to “die.” For we all know that in Christ there is life and those who are covered by His blood escape death twice! When a Christian dies we simply sleep and will be awoken in Heaven. Also our souls are not condemned to “die” every day in Hell. Because that is what it will be like. Hell will be death every day but it will never end because the soul lives forever. So thank God today that we have life and we have Spiritual life. We are no longer held by bondage, physically nor Spiritually. Therefore we have no fear. We can live a life victoriously and in death we will be victorious too!
Nehemiah 2:10″ When San-bal-tat the Horonite and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a MAN to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.” Sin does not want to be revealed. It lurks and hides in the dark places in people’s hearts, but when Jesus came into the world He brought light into the darkness and hell and all it’s evil tried to stop Him. The gates of hell raged and unleashed all that they could on Him. From discouragement to temptation to ultimately, death, but….death could not hold Him. He arose victoriously! Now He shines the light upon our sins and upon our conditions. He has come to seek the welfare of His children and hell can not stand it. Hell will throw all it can at you from discouragement, to temptation, and perhaps death, but we will be victorious!! God in His ever tender and loving way rebuilds the wall around our hearts to keep sin out and to keep His love and promises locked inside. The devil will devise plans to try and tear that wall down, to take away your faith and doubt God’s promises. He will use every tactic that he can but….fear not, for what God has HE IS ABLE TO KEEP! You will not be broken! Nehemiah told San-bal-tat and Tobiah in verse 20, ” The God of heaven, HE will prosper us; therefore we His servants will ARISE and build; but YE have NO portion, nor right, nor memorial in Jerusalem.” This is what I believe God tells satan once we get saved. I believe He says, you have no portion, no right to my children, they will arise and they will help build my kingdom and you have no memorial in the New Jerusalem. Praise God Almighty for He is worthy to be praised! What He builds no man nor constructs of satan can tear it asunder! Remember that as you go through your week. You are not beaten down, you can win the battle that you are facing, the wall will not be broken down! Amen and Amen!